SALINA — William E. Abrams, 72, of Salina, passed away Thursday, March 29, 2018. He was born November 18, 1945, in Wichita, to William and Virginia (Gabelman) Abrams. He married Janet R. Buchenau on May 2, 2003.
After graduating Salina Central High School, Bill joined the United States Army in September 1965 and discharged in August 1968. Upon completing his service in the Army, he joined the National Guard and retired after 37 years. He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post #1432, American Legion Post #62, and Eagle Lodge. He held office in all of them at one time. He was an auto mechanic and worked in the oil field. Bill enjoyed cheering on his Kansas City Chiefs and KSU Wildcats. He loved any team that Jamie was coaching or any sport the grandchildren and nephews participated in. He was a wonderful family man who would do anything for them. In his spare time, he enjoyed woodworking.
Survivors include his wife, Janet, of the home; children, William L. Abrams, Denese (Jody) Edwards, all of Great Bend, Elizabeth (Aaron) Davis, of Wetmore, CO; Jamie (Amy) Cruce, of Pratt, KS, Stephanie Brown-Silmon, Leslie (Eric) Clayton, all of Salina; sister, Alta Scheibler, of Bennington; grandchildren, Andrew, Leif, Saline, Dylan, Nicole, Jeremiah, Skyler, Shay, Kiarra, Diondra, Amanda, Megan, Nickolas, Dillon, Ava, Austin and Jacob; great-grandchildren, Dakota, Layne, Paiyton, Camryn, Xayla, Jayah, and Ryker.
He is preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; sister-in-law, Colleen Carrell; brother-in-law, Richard Scheibler.
Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at Ryan Mortuary, 137 North Eighth Street, Salina, Kansas 67401. Memorials may be made to VFW Post #1432 Honor Guard, in care of Ryan Mortuary, 137 North Eighth Street, Salina, Kansas 67401. For online condolences, www.ryanmortuary.com
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Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, April 1, 2018